Archive for the ‘Dance’ Category

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Once In A While (feat. Sonya Kitchell) – Break Science

July 18, 2016

 

Break Science

I’m not going to make it to Big Dub this year, which is sad, but I’ve had several lovely vacations this summer already and that makes it less of a loss. But Big Dub is still very much on my mind. After my first Big Dub, in 2014, I had one track on replay – this one. Break Science threw down an amazing set, melding a live band with samples, synths, and electronic sensibilities. “Once In A While” was the perfect song to recover from an overstimulating weekend of dancing, meeting people, and not doing much in the way of sleeping. As such, it’s a good Monday song. A shuffling drumbeat pushes the song forward steadily, allowing the vocals to drift in and out of focus with the aid of copious amounts of reverb. The treble synths complement the airy vocals, trilling and echoing, while the bass synths keep the drums company, pushing forward steadily. Every part of this track is a little bit fuzzy, a little out of focus, and it is beautiful. Enjoy it, and if you’re going to Big Dub, enjoy that for me too.

To download this track for free from the artist, click here.

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Safe Till Tomorrow (feat. Angelika Vee) [Lash Remix] – Morgan Page

July 15, 2016

Lash

Lash took Morgan Page’s rather beautiful, but fairly subdued, song “Safe Till Tomorrow,” and turned it into an energetic track, with a strong house beat peppered with syncopation from the future house tenor synth and led by a soulful chopped-and-screwed vocal sample. It starts out quiet, with leashed power growling beneath a sweet exterior, but drops into frenetic energy with the hook. While the song is beautiful, it holds a large amount of tension. This song nails the frantic energy of dancing away your cares, but knowing in the back of your head that tomorrow, they’ll still need to be dealt with. Enjoy the song and enjoy the weekend!

To download this track for free from the artist, click here.

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Dle Yaman (116 Deep Mix) – Hrααch

July 13, 2016

Hrααch

I recently spent some time in Berlin and found it to be an eye opening musical experience. Spending 16 hours straight immersed in Berlin club music, I gained a new appreciation for deep and tech house. I like the long build, the minimal synths, and the power the constant rhythm builds up. I love how much emotion can be implied and shared with just a few notes, a growl of bass here, or a pause there. Hrααch was not a DJ I heard in Berlin, but is a DJ I’ve come across since coming home and searching for more music that sounded like Berlin. This track features those slow builds and minimal synths, but it may be a bit easier to ease into for those new to the deeper side of house because it also features vocals. Hrααch started with an Armenian folk song about missing one’s love, a song that has taken on the connotation of a love lost permanently to death, and gave it a house makeover, preserving the mournful, ominous mood with his synth arrangements. Listen to it, and give it a chance to hook you, longer than you might in a 3 minute pop song. Let it wash over you.

To download this track for free from the artist, go to SoundCloud and click “Download.”

BONUS: Let’s keep the Deep House rolling! If you’re hooked by the last track, you’ll want more. So here’s a collaboration between Hrααch and Armen Miran that continues the vibe of the previous song. This one has no vocals, relying instead on a very expressive violin and a whole series of other synths and instruments providing tiny sets of notes to complement and continue the song. It’s all held together by the constant rhythm. Enjoy.

To download this track for free from the artist, go to SoundCloud and click “Download.”

Want to go deeper? For your independent study on Berlin House Music, check out this mix my friend put together after our 16 hours out dancing in Berlin.

 

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Freeze Time (Kenway & WildVibes Remix) – Manse Feat. Alice Berg

June 16, 2016

Kenway

I’ve been incredibly busy in the last few weeks and I will continue to be for the next few weeks. But I hope to have gotten back to my normal posting schedule by the second week of July. In the meantime, here’s a gorgeous house anthem that Kenway and WildVibes made together in this remix. Alice Berg’s sweet vocals ride the instrumental like a wave, bringing vulnerability and hope and wonder with it. The instrumental hook is a tweaked version of the original that gets rid of some of the syncopation by adding notes, turning a bouncing, implied tune into a decisive, declarative tune, with the rhythm of a trotting horse. It’s a significant change to the tune but it’s done with surgical precision, leaving the bones of the song in place, still clearly recognizable. Enjoy it!

To download this track for free from the artist, click here.

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Never Be Alone – TheFatRat

May 28, 2016

TheFatRat - Never Be Alone

I realize it’s been a week since I’ve last posted, but I’ve been kept rather busy lately and probably will be for the next week or so. So here’s a song to tide you over for a bit. This is not the newest song from TheFatRat, but it’s an excellent track and well worth your attention. Starting out with a sweet chiming, this song introduces its tune quietly, almost shyly, before bursting into euphoric house chords to back it up. All shyness is abandoned as the beat drops and various “Woo!”s and “Hey!”s punctuate pauses. The shyness returns when the vocals arrive, sweet, honest, and a little unsteady, a child’s voice. They declare that “No. You’ll never be alone!” It’s a song brimming over with sweetness and earnestness. Enjoy it.

To download this track for free from the artist, click here.

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Close ft. Molly Ann – IZECOLD

May 20, 2016

IZECOLD

Starting out energetic but quiet, IZECOLD quickly gets this song bumping with the signature tenor synths of future house. This reassures the listener that this is a dance tune before the vocals are introduced and the beat drops briefly. Unlike many future house tunes, the instrumental hook of “Close” is in the treble section, while the future house synths are more of an accompaniment. It’s a good sound and a fun track.

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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You Got Me – IDestiny & RonPon

April 29, 2016

IDestiny (Photo by Cagle Johnson Photography)

It’s Friday again! And that means I want something celebratory and dance-able to put you all in the right mood for the weekend. IDestiny and RonPon provide this for us today. Their collaboration is filled with happy synth lines, sounds evoking water drips and drops, and chopped and screwed vocals used as one of several hooks. This has a lot of the same musical sensibilities you get in the realm of happy hardcore, but its rhythms are laidback trap. It’s catchy, it’s happy, and it’s what’s for breakfast. Enjoy the happy trap!

To download this track from the artist, click here.